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Vokar (Electronic Products Mfg.) products, Nov 45 PopPho pg. 121

Electronic Products Mfg. Corp was a company taken over by Charles Verschoor after his 1938 ouster from Argus Camera. Vokar was its brand for several photographic products. The company was briefly (1942-1945) renamed Verschoor Corporation, then reverted to Electronic Products. Verschoor himself died in September, 1943.

 

By the December 1945 advertisement in Popular Photography, the company name had become Vokar.

  

"Watch for Announcement of the New and Finer Vokar Camera."

 

At the end of 1945, Vokar launched the ambitious Vokar I rangefinder camera; but the camera (and the company) did not survive for long.

 

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[1] Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, 1 January 2007, by Peter B. Hirtle.

 

[2] Council Directive 93/98/EEC of 29 October 1993 harmonizing the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights.

 

Further reading on US copyright law: Circular 1:Copyright Basics (1.1Mb PDF) from United States Copyright office

 

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